80 per cent of care home residents 'have dementia', warns report
Eighty per cent of people living in care homes – more than ever thought before - have either dementia or severe memory problems according to a new Alzheimer's Society report published today.
The figures will surprise many people in Gloucestershire who have loved ones living in care homes.
But the report says that while excellent care exists, less than half of these 322,000 people are enjoying a good quality of life.
Only 41 per cent of relatives surveyed by Alzheimer's Society reported that their loved ones enjoyed good quality of life. Despite this, three quarters (74 per cent) of relatives would recommend their family member's care home.
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Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer's Society, said: "When you walk into an excellent care home it's full of warmth, activities and interaction. But between these best examples and the worst, which often dominate headlines, there is a forgotten scandal of people with dementia who are failed and left living a life that can only be described as 'ok'.
"Society has such low expectations of care homes that people are settling for average. Throughout our lives we demand the best for ourselves and our children. Why do we expect less for our parents? We need the government and care homes to work together to lift up expectations so people know they have the right to demand the best."
Alzheimer's Society is calling on government and care homes to work together to lift expectations and improve minimum care standards.